After we were done in Kolkata, a few of us flew to Delhi. Some connected with family there, but Jill and I took a mini-vacation to Agra (known to most Americans as the home of the Taj Mahal).
We had a great driver and a great guide. We did see the Taj Mahal, but we also saw Akbar’s tomb (which my boys had learned about in school), and the baby Taj (Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah). The Baby Taj was built by an empress as a tomb for her father and other family members and has several architectural elements that were later used in the Taj Mahal.
We also saw 2 cottage industries– a handmade carpet store and a marble inlay store. We were able to see artisans make the products which was very interesting. The quality of the products was really amazing. Very beautiful. Jill and I both got something at the marble inlay store where they create delicate designs using thinly shaved pieces of semi-precious stones. We ended the day with a view of the Taj Mahal at sunset from the Mehtab Bagh gardens and then a yummy family style dinner at the Bed and Breakfast.
Next stop Fatehpur Sikri